Agent_Wax wrote:Fugu, one question on your translations:
Is the guy in the scholar's cap talking to Kabuto the Emperor? As in, the Emperor of Japan? Or is he a Takayanagi and Kabuto was just being extremely polite to his superior? It seems strange that actual royalty would involved in this ....
I don't know. So far, I don't think we've seen the emperor, as he is away on business (at Nagoya and Himeji) currently. The guy in the cap is talking to, I believe, Souhaku, who is being called "Tenkai" - like I said, I don't know what to translate that as. A name most likely, possibly a post, but he already had a post given (high Buddhist priest.)
So the second in command (Honda) is being reverntial to Souhaku, who is apparently supporting the Emperor, who we have not seen yet.
kk1 probably has a better understanding of who these people are than I do. I just don't have the time to look into this stuff. I'm moving to Japan in week, start a new job, just found out I need to find a new place to live in the first two months I'm there, and my main computer isn't working. I actually only did the translation to try to freeze my PowerBook up while I was in the Apple store (didn't work either, although it did freeze up when I got home. Taking it back today, will try to get a new motherboard.)
In the meantime, I'll keep translating on my (new off of ebay used) ThinkPad A31p which replaces my old (purchsed as new in 2002) ThinkPad A31 that died a month ago with a blown motherboard.
So I just really haven't been able to get into what is essentially an obfuscated history lesson. I'm really glad for kk1, Agent_Wax, and others here who have looked into the history a bit. It is interesting, and I wish I had the time to read up on it myself because I'm sure it would improve my translations. I don't have the time though.